The Kitty and Cadaver multimedia online project was born from my love of stories in which rock and roll saves the world from monsters! Never finding enough of them, I decided to write one of my own.
Naturally, when writing a story about music used as magic to defeat the dark, I soon determined that I’d have to write songs to go with the story.
I last played an instrument 30 years ago, so the next natural step was to turn to my niece, musician Jess Harris, to write the actual music for the lyrics I was penning. Then I thought, I really need some artwork to go with this planned website, and Nathan Holden, the talented artist who drummed in Jess’s last band, was brought on board.
And then I thought about one of the characters who wears a bracelet made up of bits of destroyed musical instruments and realised that I didn’t know of anyone who did that. A friend who is a jewellery maker sounded intrigued. We have made jewellery from instruments broken beyond repair, repurposing parts into new artistic life.
The book is now with an agent, but in the meantime I am scoring the songs I’ve written for the book and sharing them on my Mortal Words blog.